Arsenal XI vs Chelsea: Ben White out with Covid-19; Aubameyang returns

The £50million summer signing was due to start at the Emirates, but is the latest member of Mikel Arteta’s squad to contract Covid-19 after four players caught it last week.

It means Mikel Arteta has to go with a back four, with Pablo Mari being drafted in along Rob Holding, with Bukayo Saka taking a more advanced role on the left in front of Kieran Tierney.

The Gunners struggled with a back-four against Brentford last week and they have previously had success playing a back-three against the Blues.

Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was in the same boat last week after catching Covid-19, and is back among the substitutes here.

Gabriel (knee) Nketiah (ankle) and Partey (ankle) are still not fit.

Confirmed team news

Arsenal XI: Leno, Cedric, Holding, Pablo Mari, Tierney, Sambi Lokonga, Xhaka, Saka, Smith-Rowe, Martinelli, Pepe

Subs: Aubameyang, Maitland-Niles, Tavares, Chambers, Nelson, Elneny, Balogun, Kolasinac, Ramsdale

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Havertz, Lukaku

Subs: Arrizabalaga, Thiago Silva, Kante, Werner, Chalobah, Zouma, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech

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Sunday 4.30pm GMT, Sky Sports

Injured: Gabriel (knee), Lacazette (Covid-19), Nketiah (ankle), Partey (ankle), Runarsson (Covid-19), Willian (Covid-19), White (Covid-19)

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